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SLAY THE DRAGON follows everyday people, outraged by what they see as an attack on the core democratic principle that every person’s vote should count equally. This election year, we’re joining together with grassroots partners to put an end to gerrymandering. Because this issue impacts each state differently, we’ve created a map to help you navigate how gerrymandering affects your state and community. SLAY THE DRAGON arrives on demand April 3.

 

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We are partnering with organizations in Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin to support the creation of non-partisan redistricting commissions to protect votes across the country.

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Click on your state in the map above to find out what’s going on and how you can help.

We are partnering with organizations in Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin to support the creation of non-partisan redistricting commissions to protect votes across the country.

Slay the Dragon Logo

SLAY THE DRAGON follows everyday people, outraged by what they see as an attack on the core democratic principle that every person’s vote should count equally. This election year, we’re joining together with grassroots partners to put an end to gerrymandering. Because this issue impacts each state differently, we’ve created a map to help you navigate how gerrymandering affects your state and community. SLAY THE DRAGON arrives on demand April 3.

 

GET CAUGHT UP

Click on your state in the map above to find out what’s going on and how you can help.

We are partnering with organizations in Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin to support the creation of non-partisan redistricting commissions to protect votes across the country.

us map

Click on your state in the map above to find out what’s going on and how you can help.

We are partnering with organizations in Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin to support the creation of non-partisan redistricting commissions to protect votes across the country.

Louisiana

Process

Louisiana's state legislative and congressional districts are drawn by the state Legislature by ordinary statute, and are subject to the Governor's veto. The Legislature can override vetoes with a two-thirds vote in each chamber.

In addition to the federal requirements of one person, one vote and the Voting Rights Act, Louisiana law requires that state legislative and congressional districts be contiguous, preserve political subdivisions, and preserve the cores of prior districts.

Issues

On Nov. 16, 2019, Gov. John Bel Edwards won re-election, keeping split-party control over the redistricting process in Louisiana. In addition, state House Republicans are now two votes shy of the supermajority required to override Edwards’ veto. Edwards has veto power over redistricting. To overcome a gubernatorial veto of a redistricting plan, the state House Republicans would need to pick up at least two votes. Those votes could potentially come from black Democrats, who may favor having larger margins of victory in less districts to ensure wins rather than spreading black votes for narrower wins in more districts.

The Voting Rights Act and the Constitution currently guarantee that minority populations should have fair opportunities to elect representatives. But when blacks are packed to be 50% or more of the voting-eligible population of a district, they may miss opportunities in neighboring districts. Fair districting therefore requires careful attention to how the lines are drawn.

A Voting Rights Act Section 2 claim (Johnson v. Ardoin) is being considered in federal court. The case is challenging Louisiana's 5th and 6th congressional districts as cracking minority voters and the 2nd congressional district as packing minority voters.

Actions

In 2020, support the redistricting reform package of legislation introduced in the legislature.

In 2021, use public comment to identify communities of interest.

  • Obtain Louisiana redistricting data from OpenPrecincts.

  • Use software tools such as Dave's Redistricting App and Districtr to draw district maps showing either (a) what a fair map would look like, or (b) where the community you believe should be better represented is located.

  • Use free software such as PlanScore to analyze draft maps for undue partisanship or ill treatment of minority groups.

If racial or partisan offenses are committed by the Legislature, federal and state lawsuits.

Contacts

Princeton Gerrymandering Project Data provided by the Princeton Gerrymandering Project

State Info

Congressional Boundaries: Drawn by legislature
State Boundaries: Drawn by legislature
Legislative Control: Republican
Governor's Political Party: Democratic
Last Updated: Mar 11 2020